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Local governments shouldn’t cede turbine siting to state

Posted 6 April 2015 at 12:00 am

Editor:

Does Article 10 trump Article IX???

In your recent article an Orleans County official is quoted as saying: “They’re putting pressure on the locals and they have no control.”

This is precisely what Apex wants everyone to believe that only the siting board has control over the decisions on power generating facilities. It appears they have successfully convinced our county and local officials to give up their home rule rights and roll over in the face of the promise of “millions of dollars” for the county, towns and landowners.

It is a sad day in the United States of America when ordinary citizens no longer have a say in what happens in their communities, their neighborhood and their lives. We are about to be bamboozled just as they were in Wyoming County.

Article IX is home rule. Article X allows 5 members of the NY state government to make the final decision on siting of power stations generating over 25 MW.

Have we given up home rule to 5 members of the NY state government?
5! Is that democracy in action??

Regards,

Susan E. Dudley
Lyndonville